Edendale may get CCTVs

2009-08-14 00:00

CRIMINALS in the greater Edendale area may have to look over their shoulders for the next four years if the Msunduzi Municipality approves a closed-circuit television (CCTV) installation.

A report tabled at a recent community services committee meeting states that crime statistics show there has been an increase in criminal activity in the township’s public areas.

After officers at the Plessislaer Police Station were consulted, various areas were identified where cameras would be of great assistance.

Edendale Hospital’s taxi rank and the community centre’s pension pay point were identified as the areas most in need of CCTV policing.

While there is a camera at the hospital, an additional camera is needed for the partly covered areas.

At least four cameras will be needed at FJ Sithole Road to monitor pupils and students at four educational institutions who frequently travel past this area.

The Dambuza area will need five cameras to monitor the extensive crime that has become prevalent in the taverns in the area.

The shopping area in Georgetown will also need five cameras.

The entire project is expected to cost more than R17 million and wil take four years to complete.

There are indications that economic development will speed up over the next few years in the greater Edendale and Imbali areas and this has also necessitated CCTV installation.

The municipality’s impending Metro status and the 2010 Fifa World Cup are other reasons given for the need for the cameras.

The system will be an extension of the Safe City CCTV monitoring system used in parts of the CBD.

The requirements for the medium and long-term plans will be unveiled as the project is planned and starts to take shape.

The proposed CCTV infrastructure will be expandable and it will be possible to adapt or extend it in the areas when the need arises.

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